Press office contacts

KCC Media Hub – maintained by Kent County Council press office

Our press office responds to media enquiries from journalists about KCC services and policies.

We can arrange TV, press and radio interviews with Cabinet, Lead Members and senior officers.

The duty press officer outside of office hours is Gemma Smith on 07912 451940.

Press contact Specialist areas Telephone Email
Lucy Mayor (Press Office Manager) Includes: corporate issues, business and funding, democratic services and finance issues as well as policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416421
07850 907407
Ella Watkins Includes: education, early years, Kent Test, schools, special education needs, admissions and school places, quality and standards, post-16 education and apprenticeships. 03000 416282
07738 755491
Kiran Dhaliwal

Includes: social services for children, such as unaccompanied asylum seeking children, fostering, adoption and safeguarding issues as well as social care for adults, older people and promoting independence. 03000 410776 or         07789 750619


Murray Evans Includes: libraries, Trading Standards, community safety, film office, public rights of way, Gypsies and Travellers, adult education, sports and culture, youth services, country parks, military, Gateways, Coroners courts, financial issues including the budget, the Chairman’s Office, corporate issues and civic duties. 03000 416071
07834 051150
Gemma Smith Includes: Public Health, such as support services for drugs and alcohol misuse, healthy weight management, community mental health, sexual health, health visitors, flu vaccination campaigns and severe weather. Also includes campaigns such as One You Kent, Release the Pressure and Change4Life. 03000 416699
07912 451940
Thom Morris Includes: highways and waste functions (potholes, household waste and recycling sites, bus passes, Blue Badge, roadworks, young person’s travel pass, 16+ Travel Card, road safety, flooding and drainage) the planning and environment teams, and the delivery of new major transport schemes, broadband. 03000 416907
07738 860726


Children walk to school bold as brass

It’s not every day you get to walk to school to the sound of a brass band. For the children of St Francis primary school in Maidstone, marching the route to the gates with a trumpet, tuba, drum and a trombone in tow was the culmination of an active journeys…

Kent set for 10 Minute Shake Up

Schoolchildren across Kent are gearing up for the 10 Minute Shake Up – a national campaign aimed at getting children to be more active. Public Health England has launched its 10 minute shake-up campaign in Kent in time for the summer holidays – encouraging primary school children to do more exercise…

Archaeological secrets of Cobham unearthed for two week festival

Find out more about the archaeological secrets of Cobham with a special event running this month. The Heritage Lottery-funded Cobham Landscape Detectives Project is holding a Big Dig in the village for the UK-wide Festival of Archaeology. It is being held from July 15 to 30 and will reveal more…

£100,000 of counterfeit goods seized by KCC Trading Standards officers

Counterfeit goods with a resale value of more than £100,000 were seized by KCC Trading Standards officers in raids on three premises on Sheppey. Kent Police and the Anti-Counterfeiting Group – which represents 3,000 brands affected by this crime – supported Trading Standards as it targeted three stall holders operating…

Term-time holidays fines fall

The number of fines issued to parents for taking their children out of Kent schools has reduced again this year. From September 2016 to July 2017, 1,221 parents were fined for unauthorised absences, compared to 3,504 in 2015/16 and 4,726 in 2014/15. The drop is as a result in a…

Kent Families Head for a Healthier Future with Change4Life

Three Kent families have been filming themselves following the Change4Life programme, with the aim of improving their lifestyles through small changes to exercise and eating habits. Figures show that in Kent, one in five children enter primary school overweight or obese but this increases to one in three pupils leaving…

A28 Chart Road details to go on show

Further details on the road widening of the A28 Chart Road in Ashford will be going on show next week. Kent County Council announced earlier this year a £32 million project to widen Chart Road between the Tank and Matalan roundabouts. It comes in preparation for the Chilmington Green development…

KCC members vote for increase in allowances

Kent County Council today reviewed the remuneration for its 81 councillors, which has been frozen since 2008. In addition to the eight year freeze, councillors voluntarily took a further cut of 1.5% in their basic remuneration and a 5.4% cut for those with special responsibilities in 2009 which, until today,…

Successful Kent County Show for KCC

It was a successful Kent County Show for KCC with hundreds visiting the council’s stand. The theme this year was “Be an Apprentice – Made in Kent”. The County Show took place at Detling Showground, Maidstone on July 7, 8 and 9. Activities and attractions included: • Highlighting the apprenticeship…

Summer Reading Challenge is a real mystery for children

This summer, libraries across Kent are encouraging children to help solve a mystery. It’s all part of the annual Summer Reading Challenge, for ages 4-11, promoted by The Reading Agency, a national charity which promotes reading. Youngsters who visit a Kent library will receive a special folder which introduces the mystery…